Kamehameha Schools has 29 preschools statewide, with 85 classrooms serving both 3- and 4-year-olds. KS has preschools on the islands of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i and Kaua‘i and serves about 1,600 keiki annually. Follow the steps below to apply your keiki!
Hawai‘i residency is required to apply. The applicant and his/her parents/legal guardians, must be legal residents of the island and physically residing on the island served by the preschool to which they are applying.
Note to O‘ahu parents: Because it is anticipated that KS preschools located in Honolulu will be in high demand by parents who commute to work, KS will reserve 90% of spaces at Honolulu region preschools for keiki who live from Pearl City to Hawai‘i Kai.
To complete the preschool application, your child’s birth certificate must be on file with the Kamehameha Schools Ho‘oulu Verification Services (HVS) to show your child meets the age eligibility below.
Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. If you would like your child to be considered under that policy, your child’s Hawaiian ancestry must be verified by Kamehameha’s Ho‘oulu Verification Services.
Complete the preschool financial aid application.
The ideal candidate for Kamehameha Schools’ preschool program, with or without accommodation, is:
|Program||Tuition for school year 2021-2022*|
|KS preschool: Full day||$3,654|
|KS preschool: Modified day||$2,436|
*Tuition for the 2022-2023 school year will be published on our website once it becomes available.
Kamehameha preschools operate for 10 months a year (August-May). Preschool sites are either full day or modified day programs. Operating hours below may vary by site.
The lottery is run according to strict protocols. By policy, admission decisions, as determined by the random computer lottery ranking of applicants, may not be altered by the Admissions Office, the CEO or Trustees of Kamehameha Schools.
In addition, every summer Kamehameha’s Internal Auditor audits the records of the Admissions Office. The final audit report is shared with the CEO, Trustees and the Master appointed by the Probate Court, who also reviews Kamehameha Schools’ operations annually.
If a selected student declines the invitation to attend, or disenrolls after the school year begins, children in the wait pool will be offered admission (in order of their lottery rank). Replacements are generally made according to gender, for example, if a girl disenrolls, then a girl from the wait pool from the same preschool site is offered admission.
When filling vacancies with students from the wait pool, Hawaiian preference will be applied to students who have verified their Hawaiian ancestry. The wait pool is considered “active” through the end of January for the 4-year-old class and February for the 3-year-old class, of the school year for which the student has applied.
No, admission to a Kamehameha preschool does not guarantee admission to Kamehameha’s kindergarten program. There are several reasons for this:
Absolutely! There is so much more to Kamehameha Schools than our three campuses! Kamehameha actually offers many innovative educational programs. Offerings include a variety of summer programs; distance learning; community-based family education; mentoring programs and more.
Kamehameha has also formed partnerships with public charter schools and offers post-high school financial aid.
Of particular interest to the parents of preschool-aged children is the Pauahi Keiki Scholars program, which offers need-based financial assistance to help children attend other qualifying non-KS preschools and the Kīpona Scholarship program which offers need-based financial assistance to help children attending private K-12 schools other than Kamehameha.
Check our application guide for a complete inventory of KS educational programs and specific application information.